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Sword in the stars
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9780316449298
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1st ed.
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354 pages ; 24 cm.
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Ari and her Rainbow knights must pull off a Holy Grail heist thousands of years in the past -- without destroying their own destinies. Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur's Grail -- the very definition of impossible. It's imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face to face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future. --
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In this epic sequel to Once & Future , Ari and her Rainbow knights must pull off a Holy Grail heist thousands of years in the past -- without destroying their own destinies.
Ari Helix may have won her battle against the tyrannical Mercer corporation, but the larger war has just begun. Ari and her cursed wizard Merlin must travel back in time to the unenlightened Middle Ages and steal the King Arthur's Grail -- the very definition of impossible . It's imperative that the time travelers not skew the timeline and alter the course of history. Coming face to face with the original Arthurian legend could produce a ripple effect that changes everything. Somehow Merlin forgot that the past can be even more dangerous than the future . . .


Author Notes

Cori McCarthy is the author of four young adult books, including Breaking Sky , which received multiple starred reviews and is in development to become a film by Sony Pictures, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction picture book about Kahlil Gibran. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who spends most of their time playing guitar, reading poetry, and teaching writing. Like many of their characters, they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community. After earning a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry, they completed UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting and earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cori lives in the mountains of Vermont with their partner, fellow YA author Amy Rose Capetta, where together they raise their young son, Maverick, and hopefully one day soon, a puppy!
Amy Rose Capetta is the YA author of a punk rock space opera ( Entangled and Unmade ), a queer love story slash murder mystery ( Echo After Echo ), and an Italian-inspired fantasy series starting with The Brilliant Death , which releases October 2018. Amy Rose holds a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. With Cori, she is the co-founder of the Rainbow Boxes initiative which sent LGBTQIAP fiction to readers in all 50 states, and the Rainbow Writers Workshop, which helps find and develop exciting new voices. She loves lady heroes, badass queens, nonbinary knights, enchantresses and magicians in equal measure. She lives in Vermont with her Once & Future co-author and the champion of her heart, Cori McCarthy.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up--A thrilling sequel and epic conclusion to Capetta and McCarthy's Once and Future. After defeating the Mercer Corporation in her first battle, Ari (the 42nd incarnation of King Arthur), Queen Gweneviere, the cursed young Merlin, and the Rainbow Knights travel back in time to the Middle Ages to steal Arthur's Grail from the all-seeing time enchantress, the Lady of the Lake. While on the perilous quest, these futuristic time-traveling heroes can't skew the time line or alter the course of history--an impossible task once Ari comes face-to-face with the original Arthurian legend, and the young, cursed Merlin meets his older past self. After completing her quest, Ari must face a powerful foe in the final battle that will determine her fate and the end or continuation of the curse that brings the Arthurian legend alive throughout time. This is a stimulating installment in a stellar series. The descriptions, character development, unique plot twists, and conclusion will leave readers thirsting for a third novel. Pair with Kiersten White's The Guinevere Deception and Mari Mancusi's The Camelot Code. VERDICT This inclusive, gender-bent adventure story is a must-have science fiction/fantasy sequel for all young adult collections.--Angelina Bair, Lakewood Public Library, OH


Kirkus Review

A band of heroes travels through time to put an end to King Arthur's tragedy and save their future from corporate corruption.In this second and final installment of a science-fiction reimagining of Arthurian legend, Ari, Merlin, and their friends crash into the past to steal a magic chalice from Camelot. They are guided by their quest to set the spirit of King Arthur free from his cycle of reincarnation and put a stop to Mercer, a murderous mega-corporation. However, their plans fall apart when they find themselves entangled in the legendlove triangle includedwith Ari in the role of Lancelot and Gwen married to Arthur. Meanwhile, Merlin ages backward every time he uses magic. One false move could disrupt their whole timeline. Capetta (The Storm of Life, 2020, etc.) and McCarthy (Once Future, 2019, etc.) have crafted a fast-paced, turbulent plotline with satisfying twists and luscious queer romance. Throughout they critique the whitewashing of medieval European history and, particularly, Arthurian retellings. Their cast of characters displays an intentional diversity of identities, including polyamorous. Encounters with Merlin's past self and conflict with the Lady of the Lake explore the question of what makes someone a villain. Without rushing, the story resolves through a path of healing from the trauma of the past.A heroic finale. (Science fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

The delightful escapades of Ari and her queer cadre of "knights" continue in this satisfyingly irreverent follow-up to Once & Future (2019). Those rusty on the first book's events, especially the role of the Mercer Corporation, will want to refresh before jumping into Capetta and McCarthy's madcap reworking of the Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail. Through a powerful bit of magic, Ari and company go back to the original Arthur's time, in hope of using the Grail to break the cycle of Arthur's reincarnation, as well as Merlin's cursed backward aging. As with any good time travel story, tension over messing up the future by disrupting the past thrums, not to mention the dangers of narrow-minded medieval society. It is a surprisingly eye-opening experience, and not just for the historical residents. Gwen, pregnant with Kay's baby, takes her prescribed place as Arthur's wife, turning Ari into this story's Lancelot. Meanwhile, Merlin's quest to discover his origins (and contend with his crotchety former self) is heart-wrenching and hilarious by turns. Empowering and boisterously modern.